The Indian Poems in English: A Kachruvian Analysis


  • Saleh Ahmad Uttara University, Bangladesh



World Englishes, Indian English, Discourse Analysis, Post-colonialism, decolonizing English


The presentation of local Indian themes and ideas in the Indian poems written in English can be analysed as an important decolonizing attempt in the efforts to establish the Indian English as a distinct variety of the English language. Braj B. Kachru’s (1990) concept of ‘World Englishes’ has been widely discussed by a large number of linguists and researchers worldwide for more than three decades which emphasizes on the recognition of the national varieties of English as an International Language (EIL). A post-colonial reading of the Anglo-Indian poetry presents the local themes in the EIL and builds own position as a distinct variety of English called Indian English. The current examination surpasses Halliday’s (1971) concepts of ‘tenor’ or ‘mode’. This paper attempts to analyse some poems of modern English poetry by few major Indian poets and juxtaposes the literary analysis to applied-linguistic analysis through Kachru’s view of World Englishses.


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How to Cite

Ahmad, S. (2022). The Indian Poems in English: A Kachruvian Analysis. Canadian Journal of Language and Literature Studies, 2(1), 14–22.